Politics

African asylum-seekers may bear brunt of proposed travel curbs

As the White House mulls new travel restrictions on countries with high visa overstay rates, activists say African asylum-seekers may feel the consequences. As the White House mulls new travel restrictions on countries with high visa overstay rates, activists say African asylum-seekers may feel the consequences. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the Trump administration was weighing …

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Opposition candidate favored to win Nigeria presidential election on February 16, 2019

Intelligence Analysts and political risk researchers agreed the opposition party would defeat the incumbent. Nigeria election scheduled for February 16, 2019, will be a straight fight between the ruling All Progressive Party (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr. Atiku Abubakar of PDP may likely emerge as the winner of 2019 presidential …

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President Muhammadu Buhari has disrespect for “international law and convention, and court decisions” – UK

Priti Patel, former secretary of state for International Development in the United Kingdom (UK), has called on investors to be wary about investing in Nigeria. In a short op-ed for City A.M., London’s first free daily business newspaper, Patel, a member of the UK parliament, said President Muhammadu Buhari has disrespect for “international law and convention, …

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Analysis: Nigeria Election Too Close to Call as Campaigning Gets Underway

Campaigning for Nigeria’s 2019 presidential polls kicked off on Sunday with incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari up against former vice president Atiku Abubakar. Buhari’s bid for re-election is likely to be characterised by problems with his health, security challenges and a number of high profile political defections. Veteran challenger Abubakar is making his fourth bid for …

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EU calls for free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections in Nigeria

The Europen Union has called on President Buhari of Nigeria to conduct a free and fair election in February. In a statement endorsed by the delegation to Nigeria, the organization called for a transparent and peaceful campaign devoid of intimidation, harassment, and manipulation. See the full text below: Statement on the Occasion of the Beginning …

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Nigerian Army Uses Trump’s Words to Justify Fatal Shooting of Rock-Throwing Protesters

DAKAR, Senegal — The Nigerian Army, part of a military criticized for rampant human rights abuses, on Friday used the words of President Trump to justify its fatal shootings of rock-throwing protesters. Soldiers opened fire this past Monday on a march of about 1,000 Islamic Shia activists who had been blocking traffic in the capital, …

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Pressure Mounts on Belgian Government over Libya Payments 

Pressure is mounting on Belgium’s government to explain why payments of hundreds of millions of euros flowed to unknown recipients from frozen accounts in Brussels that once belonged to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Opposition lawmakers are demanding that the administration of liberal Prime Minister Charles Michel answer questions after a public broadcaster this week linked …

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Fifteen years after it was formed, political backing by African states is still the biggest challenge

The African Union (AU)-directed African Standby Force (ASF) has not been deployed since its establishment in 2003. This is despite the AU’s extensive experience with peace support operations in countries like Burundi, Sudan, Somalia, Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR). However the AU is continuing its efforts to see the force deployed in crisis …

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